Austroterobia noyesi,

Mitroiu, Mircea-Dan, 2017, Revision of world Austroterobiinae and Parasaphodinae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Pteromalidae), parasitoids of giant scales (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Monophlebidae), Zootaxa 4301 (1), pp. 1-63: 20-23

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scientific name

Austroterobia noyesi
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sp. nov.

Austroterobia noyesi  sp. nov.

( Figs 40–50View FIGURES 40 – 42View FIGURES 43 – 50)

Diagnosis. Both sexes: head and mesosoma brown, without metallic reflections ( Figs 40–42View FIGURES 40 – 42); gena not depressed at mouth corner ( Fig. 46View FIGURES 43 – 50); POL 0.5–0.7× OOL; mandibular formula 3:3; pronotum not visible in dorsal view ( Fig. 48View FIGURES 43 – 50); notauli visible throughout length of mesoscutum ( Fig. 48View FIGURES 43 – 50); prepectus and dorsal side of propodeum bare ( Fig. 49View FIGURES 43 – 50); axillae wide apart ( Fig. 48View FIGURES 43 – 50); posterior margin of mesoscutellum not densely setose, without distinct spine, although acutely pointed ( Fig. 48View FIGURES 43 – 50); anterior margin of propodeum not distinctly raised, not concealing dorsellum ( Fig. 50View FIGURES 43 – 50); propodeal plicae present, diverging posteriorly ( Fig. 50View FIGURES 43 – 50).

This is the second described species of Austroterobia  having the mandibular formula 3:3, after A. iceryae  . Both occur in Africa, but apart from the mandible structure, the two species are very distinct.

Material examined. Type material. Holotype ♀ (deposited in MRAC) [entire; on triangular card]. D. R. CONGO: ‘Mus. Congo, Rutshuru , II-1937, J. Ghesquière, 4102’, ‘ RMCA UCRCENT 00417018 ’. 

Allotype ♂. D. R. CONGO: ‘Mus. Congo, Eala, -1938, J. Ghesquière, 7132’ ( MRAC). 

Additional paratypes. D. R. CONGO: 3♀, same information as holotype ( MRAC)  ; 1♀ and 1♂ ‘Mus. Congo, Eala, -1938, J. Ghesquière, 7132’, ‘ Epicopterus sp. III à trier, ♀ ♂ 06.II?, ♀ ♂ 06.III?’ ( MRAC)  ; 1♀ ‘Dem. Rep. Congo, Bandundu: Wamba, Kikongo Mission , 4°16’S 17°11’E, 24.IV.2006 ’, ‘ S. L. Heydon, Malaise trap in riparian forest’, ‘ Austroterobia S. L. Heydon 2016  ’ ( UCD)GoogleMaps  . IVORY COAST: 1♂ ‘Ivory Coast: Lamto Ecol. Res. Stn. , 6°13’N 5°02’W, 10-30.xi.1988, J. S. Noyes’ ( BMNH)GoogleMaps  . NIGERIA: 1♀ ‘ Ibadan, Nigeria , 15.II.1963, D. C. Eidt’, ‘ ♀ Austroterobia iceryae Bčk.  sp. n., Det. Z. Bouček 1989’ ( CNC)  . TOGO: 1♂ ‘ Togo: 10 km NW Kpaliné , 17.xii.1988, J. S. Noyes’ ( MICO)  .

Description. Female. Body length: 1.1–1.7 mm.

Colour. Head and mesosoma from light to dark reddish-brown, gaster lighter ( Figs 40, 41View FIGURES 40 – 42). Eyes and ocelli whitish ( Fig. 44View FIGURES 43 – 50). Antenna ( Fig. 46View FIGURES 43 – 50) with scape and pedicel yellowish-brown; flagellum dark brown. Mandibles yellowish. Legs ( Fig. 40View FIGURES 40 – 42) with coxae, trochanters and femora from paler to darker brown, tibiae and tarsi yellowish. Fore wings with disc slightly infumate ( Fig. 47View FIGURES 43 – 50); hind wings hyaline ( Fig. 41View FIGURES 40 – 42). Tegula and venation reddish-brown ( Fig. 47View FIGURES 43 – 50). Body setation pale brown, wing setation brown ( Figs 43, 47, 48View FIGURES 43 – 50).

Sculpture. Head coriaceous to alutaceous except for smooth clypeus and genae ( Figs 43, 44, 46View FIGURES 43 – 50); mesoscutum very shallowly reticulate, axillae and mesoscutellum rugose ( Fig. 48View FIGURES 43 – 50); median area of propodeum, except plicae and median carina, almost smooth ( Fig. 50View FIGURES 43 – 50); mesopleuron mostly smooth, with shallow coriaceous to finely reticulate femoral depression, without central pit ( Fig. 49View FIGURES 43 – 50); prepectus and metapleuron smooth ( Fig. 49View FIGURES 43 – 50); gaster smooth.

Structure. Head. Toruli very high, much closer to median ocellus than to ventral margin of clypeus ( Fig. 43View FIGURES 43 – 50). Scape surpassing level of vertex ( Fig. 46View FIGURES 43 – 50); flagellum apparently with only two anelli, the first one extremely short ( Fig. 46View FIGURES 43 – 50). Gena not depressed at mouth corner ( Fig. 46View FIGURES 43 – 50), posterior margin finely carinate. Malar sulcus present ( Fig. 46View FIGURES 43 – 50). Eyes virtually round ( Fig. 46View FIGURES 43 – 50), inner margins not sinuate in middle and almost parallel in lower part ( Fig. 43View FIGURES 43 – 50). Funicular segments not pedicellate ( Fig. 46View FIGURES 43 – 50). Head width 2.7–3.0× length (66:22) in dorsal view and 1.4× height (66:47) in frontal view. POL about 0.7× OOL (10:15). Eye height about equal to length (20:20), 0.9–1.1× malar space (20:22), and subequal to scape length (20:19). Head width about 1.2× length of pedicel plus flagellum (66:56). F1 width about 1.2× length (7:6); F5 width 1.2× length (6:5); clava length about 2.6× width (17.0:6.5).

Mesosoma. Dorsally setose, except for metanotum and median area of propodeum ( Fig. 48View FIGURES 43 – 50); prepectus and metapleuron bare ( Fig. 49View FIGURES 43 – 50); mesopleuron bare except for a few setae on lower mesepisternum ( Fig. 49View FIGURES 43 – 50). Pronotum not visible in dorsal view ( Fig. 48View FIGURES 43 – 50). Notauli complete ( Fig. 48View FIGURES 43 – 50). Axillae wide apart, medially connected by wide groove separating mesoscutum from mesoscutellum ( Fig. 48View FIGURES 43 – 50). Posterior margin of mesoscutellum acute medially, but without distinct spine ( Fig. 48View FIGURES 43 – 50). Anterior margin of propodeum not distinctly raised, not concealing dorsellum ( Fig. 50View FIGURES 43 – 50). Propodeum with distinct median carina, and posteriorly diverging and almost complete plicae ( Fig. 50View FIGURES 43 – 50); with wide depression margined by incomplete sinuous carina laterad to each plica, towards spiracle ( Fig. 50View FIGURES 43 – 50). Fore wing ( Fig. 47View FIGURES 43 – 50) completely setose, without speculum; parastigma without hyaline break; marginal vein slightly thickened. Mesosoma length about 1.2× width (65:56), width about 1.4× height (65:45). Mesoscutum width about 2.2× length (56:25). Mesoscutellum length about 0.9× width (27:31). Propodeum length about 0.4× mesoscutellum length (12:27). Fore wing length about 2.1× width (150:70); MV 1.0–1.2× SV (25:25); PV 1.8× MV (45:25).

Gaster. Broadly ovate, from about equal to slightly shorter than head plus mesosoma ( Figs 40, 41View FIGURES 40 – 42); length 1.5–1.8× width (83:55).

Male. Differs from the female mainly as follows. Body length: 1.2–1.7 mm. Lower face more swollen, almost entirely smooth ( Fig. 45View FIGURES 43 – 50). Genae larger, hence head appearing less triangular in frontal view ( Fig. 45View FIGURES 43 – 50). Eyes smaller, hence malar space as well as temples in dorsal view of the head longer. Scape shorter, not surpassing level of vertex, with ventral protuberance towards apex ( Figs 42View FIGURES 40 – 42, 45View FIGURES 43 – 50); anelli (especially the second) and proximal funicular segments (F1–F2) longer, much longer than broad and thinner than rest of segments ( Fig. 45View FIGURES 43 – 50). Head width about 2.5× length in dorsal view and width about 1.3× height in frontal view. POL 0.5–0.7× OOL. Eye height about 1.1× length and about 0.8× malar space. F1 length 1.8–2.0× width; F5 quadrate; clava length 2.4–3.1× width (in allotype clava collapsed). Mesosoma length about 1.1× width, width about 1.3× height. Mesoscutum width about 2.3× length. Mesoscutellum length about 0.8× width. Fore wing length about twice width; MV about 1.2× SV; PV about 1.6× MV. Gaster from about as long as head plus mesosoma to shorter than mesosoma, usually strongly collapsed dorsally or laterally, length about 2.2× width ( Fig. 42View FIGURES 40 – 42).

Distribution. Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Togo.

Biology. Unknown.

Remarks. The female specimen from CNC was identified by Z. Bouček in 1989 as A. iceryae  (see material examined). However, this specimen clearly differs from the type material of A. iceryae  (formally described 15 years later). The new species seems the most sexually dimorphic species of Austroterobiinae known so far (see male characters above).

Etymology. Named in honour of Dr. John Noyes ( BMNH), founder of the Universal Chalcidoidea Database  , for his contribution to the systematics of Chalcidoidea  .

MRAC

Mus�e Royal de l�Afrique Centrale

RMCA

Royal Museum for Central Africa

UCD

University of California, Davis

CNC

Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes

TOGO

Universit� du Lom�